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The Woman In Black

(2012)

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Sophie Stuckey
Misha Handley
Jessica Raine
Roger Allam
Lucy May Barker
Indira Ainger
Andy Robb
Shaun Dooley
Mary Stockley
Alexia Osborne
Alfie Field
Victor McGuire
Cathy Sara
Tim McMullan
Daniel Cerqueira
Liz White
Alisa Khazanova
Ashley Foster
David Burke
Janet McTeer
Aoife Doherty
Sidney Johnston
Molly Harmon
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News
A very quiet weekend on the UK box office and The Lego Batman Movie hold onto the top spot for a third consecutive week, and with a virtually static top 6 Patriots Day is the top new film at 7.

On its third weekend at the top Lego Batman takes £2.8 million which brings its total gross in the UK to £23 million, compared the The Lego Movie this is still running a shade under.

The film took over £5 million for the period Monday - Sunday which made it the top film for the week as well.

A third weekend at number 2 is therefore in order for Fifty Shades Darker with £1.5 million for the weekend and £20.3 million in total.

With Sing, John Wick Chapter 2, Hidden Figures and The Great Wall all holding tight in the top 6 the highest new film is Patriots Day at number 7.

The Mark Wahlberg starring film about the Boston Marathon bombing took £843,380 for the weekend and is one of the actors lowest debuting movies.

La La Land, which had a good, if confusing night at the Oscars this year, takes the honour of being the top total grossing movie this weekend with a total gross of £29 million and the longest running movie with a 7 week run.

Historical charts.

A year ago
Deadpool held on strong at the top of the box office while top new film was Grimsby which entered at number 2.

Five years ago
Spending a third week at the top was The Woman in Black while the top new film was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which made its debut at number 2.

Ten years ago
Remaining at the top was Hot Fuzz while the top new film was The Number 23 staring Jim Carey which entered at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Monsters, Inc. spent its third week at the top and with a strong top 5 the highest new film was Donít Say A Word down at number 6.

Twenty years ago
On its third weekend of release Ransom remained at the top while top new film was Michael starring John Travolta at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Prince of Tides made its debut at the top of the box office knocking off Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country after only a week at the top.

The Lego Batman Movie this week manages to hold on to the top spot at the UK box office, holding off Fifty Shades Darker, while John Wick Chapter 2 makes its debut at number 3.

With a £4.4 million weekend gross Lego Batman retains the number position in the UK for a second weekend.

The animated feature has now taken £17 million in the UK and is running just slightly behind the total gross of The Lego Movie.

Highest new film of the week is Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 2 which makes its debut at 3 with £2.2 million.

Also a sequel but this time it is doing far better the its predecessor, John Wick made its debut in 2015 with just over half a million pound, so the sequel has done more than 4 times better.

Longest running film with 6 weeks and highest grossing film with £28 million is the Oscar laden film La La Land.

Historical charts

A year ago
Deadpool remained at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was How To Be Single at number 3.

Five years ago
The Woman In Black stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was the sequel movie Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance at number 3.

Ten years ago
Highly anticipated film Hot Fuzz made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Music and Lyrics fell to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Making it two weeks at the top was Monsters, Inc. while top new film was Oceans Eleven at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Ransom stayed a the top of the UK box office while Fierce Creatures was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country made its debut at the top of the box office while Father of The Bride fell to number 3.

Following on from its stablemate The Lego Movie from 3 years ago The Lego Batman Movie enters the UK box office at the top beating out Fifty Shades Darker in the process.

The Lego Movie opened this same weekend in 2014 to just over £8 million and The Lego Batman Movie has almost done exactly the same with opening to just under £8 million.

The Lego Movie went on to be the top grossing movie of 2014 with £37 million, time will tell with The Lego Batman Movie, this are looking good but we have a number of big franchise movies coming this year which could get in its way.

Fifty Shades of Grey opened in 2015 to £13.5 million over a valentines weekend, this week Fifty Shades Darker opens to £7 million at number 2, but not a valentines weekend, next week will be a tell time for the movie.

Sing falls down to number 3 this week with £2.3 million which brings the films total gross in the UK to £18 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office this week is La La Land which has now taken £26.4 million while the longest running film is Trolls which re-enters the chart and spends its 14th week in total.

Historical chart

A year ago
Deadpool wowed the audiences and made its debut at the top of the UK box office, its knocked Goosebumps down to 5.

Five years ago
Daniel Radcliffe enjoyed post Harry Potter success with The Woman In Black which debuted at the top, it knocked Chronicle down to number 5.

Ten years ago
Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore starred in romantic comedy Music and Lyrics which entered at the top while Dreamgirls fell to number 8.

Fifteen years ago
Monsters, Inc. debuted at the top of the box office, it knocked The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring off the top after 7 weeks of play.

Twenty years ago
Ransom was the top new film at number 1 on the box office, The Frighteners fell to number 5 after a couple of weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Father of The Bride was the top new film of the week at number 1 while JFK fell to number 3 after a couple of weeks at the top.

Box office hit Home makes its debut at the top of the UK video this week on its debut knocking last weeks number one for six.

Home was released at the UK box office back on March 20th and had an incredible 17 week run. It made it's debut at the top where it spent a single week but then floated up and down over the following weeks.

The film took a UK gross of £24.6 million making it the 126th highest grossing film in the UK, but as it only left the charts last week and school holidays are here we could see it again!

Home also did well at the world box office taking $369.3 million and is the 226th highest grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film The Woman In Black Angel of Death takes a big tumble down the chart to number 8 this week and will most likely disappear in the coming weeks.

One other new film this week, The Gunman which enters the chart at number 2.

This week horror sequel The Woman In Black Angel of Death makes its way to the top of the video chart on it's debut week of sale.

The Woman In Black Angel of Death was released at the UK box office on 2nd January 2015 as a sequel to the successful Daniel Radcliffe film of 2013 The Woman In Black.

The original went on to gross £21 million at the UK box office, this sequel was on the chart for 3 weeks, entered at number 4 and just about grossed £5 million, a relative failure in comparison.

Last weeks top film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel falls just single place to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Other new film this week are: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya at number 13 and The Voices at number 18.

After a trio of weeks at the top of the box office The Hobbits have made way for the Oscar tipped Stephen Hawking bio-pic The Theory Of Everything.

The film had previews in the last week which pushed it to the top of the tree, had it not had those previews it would have stalled at number 2 and not debuted at the top, instead it makes it way to number 1 with £3.7 million.

Falling just the one place this week is The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies which only narrowly missed out on a fourth week at the top with a £3.2 million start to the year.

Sitting comfortably at number 2 the third and final Hobbit movie has so far racked up £36.7 million in the UK, and looks likely to beat Smaugs UK total.

Also new this week are
The Woman In Black Angel of Death at 4
Birdman at 7

Historical charts

A year ago
After entering lower down the chart with preview screenings American Husle moves to the top of the box office knocking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug down to number 2, Last Vegas was the highest new film at 4.

Five years ago
After giving up the top spot for a couple of weeks Avatar makes its way back to the top knocking Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel down to 3, Did You Hear About The Morgans? was the highest new film at 4.

Ten years ago
The Incredibles regained the number 1 spot after a couple of weeks away knocking The Polar Express down to number 5, highest new film of the week was Without A Paddle at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no stopping The World Is Not Enough as it spent another week at the top of the box office, very little in the way of new releases meant that Fantasia 2000 was the highest new film right down at 13, and on limited release!

Twenty years of in the Month of January Interview With The Vampire was the big film with again with Star Trek Generations making an impress debut run at number 2.

Twenty five years ago Parenthood was the top film for January while When Harry Met Sally was the big new film for the month at number 2.

A single week at the top was all Bruce Willis could manage as Wreck-It Ralph jumps back to the top with a strong weekend after the school half term.

3 weeks of release and Disney recapture the top spot with their video game inspired film. A weekend gross of £3,420,196 takes it's total to £18,624,692 making another big hit for the House of Mouse.

A Good Day to Die Hard only slipped to second place which made the highest new film of the week land at 3, horror spookfest Mama took £1.5 million for the weekend.

This time last year another spooky horror film was still at number 1, The Woman in Black was spending it's 3rd week at the top with £2.4 million. Highest new films was Denzel Washington in Safe House with £2.1 million.

Five years ago Jumper was holding the top spot while whacky comedy starring Jack Black and Mos Def Be Kind Rewind was the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago it was yet another scary horror film, the US remake of The Ring, which debuted in the top spot with £2.2 million.

And fifteen years ago Titanic was continuing it's record breaking surge at the top of the box office, 5 weeks in, still the top film and £34.1 million in the bank.

The Die Hard series continues to pull in audiences 25 years after the original film hit cinemas.

Bruce Willis, the undisputed star of the series, plays John Mclain again, the New York cop who seems to always find him self in difficult situations with guns! A Good Day to Die Hard is the highest new film and the new number one film with an opening gross of £4.5 million.

Other new films this week are This is 40 at 3, Beautiful Creatures at 5 and Sammy Great Escape, a sequel to 2010's A Turtles Tale, is new at 8.

A year ago The Woman in Black was still riding the top of the chart while Nicholas Cage was the star of the highest new film at 3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence.

Five years ago Jumper debuted at the top of the box office becoming the highest new film and the number one film.

Ten years ago Hugh Grant was able to hang onto the top spot in Two Weeks Notice keeping Daredevil from the top which was the highest new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago Titanic was still at the top of the UK chart with the Kevin Klein starring In and Out the highest new film at 3.

Disney end the 4 week run of Les Miserables with their latest animation, the video game inspired Wreck-It Ralph which tops the box office during it's debut week.

Ralph debuted with a £4.5 million weekend beating all in it's path with nothing coming any where near. Les Miserables fell to second place with a £1.6 million weekend on it's 5th week of release.

A year ago Daniel Radcliffe was starring in his first film post Potter and debuted with The Woman in Black at the top with £3.1 million knocking Chronicle to 5th.

Five years ago National Treasure: Book of Secrets debuted at the top with £2.5 million knocking Cloverfield to 3rd.

Ten years ago Two Weeks Notice with Hugh Grand and Sandra Bullock was the top film on it's debit with £2.6 million knocking Catch Me If You Can to second.

Fifteen years ago saw the only number one holder as Titanic spend another weekend as the top film with £4.2 million.

Daniel Radcliffe, for the immediate future anyway, is always going to be Harry Potter, for 10 years he lived and breathed the character and to millions of adoring fans he is the image of the boy wizard, which is why it is an achievement that while watching The Woman in Black Harry Potter hardly crossed my mind.

The story, set in an Edwardian era, centers around Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) who is a solicitor sent to clear up the paperwork of a recently deceased woman. Kipps himself has a 4 year old child and is a widow, his wife having died during child birth.

Kipps arrives in the village of Crythin Gifford where he is to spend the next couple of days working before his son arrives to join him for a holiday. During his train journey Kipps meets the local wealthy man who he befriends and then is given a lift in his car (noted as being the first car in the village) to the inn where he is booked in to stay.

The welcome Kipps gets from everyone else is far from friendly, and as he goes about his business the next day he is more or less told to leave town. What ensues from there is a traditional ghost story with scares and jumps at every opportunity.

As I first mentioned Radcliffe, fresh from the Potter franchise where he IS the boy wizard, manages to detach himself from that completely, not sure if it's the side burns or the fact that his character spends a lot of time alone and doesn't say a lot, or maybe it's the low budget film not being laden with special effect but it's a good move.

I'm showing my age now but I remember the Hammer Horror films of the 70's and 80's which at the time were scary as hell, and the TV show had me hiding behind the sofa more than Doctor Who did, and this film, which is produced by Hammer and filmed in the UK captures the spirit of the old Hammer perfectly.

The film is jumpy if a little corny in places, not too long and has a story which is acceptable for a horror film of this type. I started the question things when a seemingly normal guy decides to spend the night in the creepiest looking house in England that is cut from mainland during for large part of the day and he'd already experienced minor paranormal activity (I'd never have gone anywhere near the house in the first place) and some of the jumpy scenes were far too predictable and came off as amusing but on the whole it's an enjoyable scary horror harking back to the glory days of Hammer.

Good: Decent screenplay from Jane Goldman and some genuinely scary moments. Well directed by James Watkins and a good supporting cast.

Bad: Does get predictable and some of the scares are funny. Too many unanswered things happen and the ending although good could have been better.

25thframe.co.uk rating:

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 8

Chart history
Date
Place
Gross
1 / N
£3,153,020
1 / ▼▲
£3,501,601
1 / ▼▲
£2,432,580
2 / 
£1,888,232
3 / 
£1,131,402
7 / 
£544,636
9 / 
£214,401
12 / 
£65,171
Non-chart history
6 April 2012
£27,867
13 April 2012
£7,697
20 April 2012
£3,399
27 April 2012
£2,897
31 October 2014
£4,743
Finer details

Total UK gross £21,237,668 and the 201th top grossing film in the UK

UK BBFC Certificate: 12

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